The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) (1945)




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The Immortal Battalion has a bit of a convoluted history. It started life as a training film, The New Lot, which ran 44 minutes. When Winston Churchill approached David Niven about creating a film that would do for the British Army what In Which We Serve had done for the Royal Navy, he contacted Carol Reed and suggested expanding The New Lot. The result, written by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov, was the acclaimed The Way Ahead. For its U.S. release, Way Ahead was edited to a shorter length and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Ambler
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as Stainer

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as Mrs. Gillingham

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as Col. Walmsley

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Critic Reviews for The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Direction by Carol Reed is competent, and undoubtedly accounts for the underlying genuineness of the picture as a semi-documentary.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A warm and touching tribute to the British Army infantryman.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Despite a framework which stresses regimental traditions and military valour, the film's celebration of the ordinary man as soldier leaves a residue of radicalism.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Bracing, spirited and lovely.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Carol Reed directed this 1944 war film from a script by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Movie Metropolis

A rousing flag-waving war drama about the British Army, that was shot during the war and grew out of being a training film.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011
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Excellent performance by David Niven. The movie kept my interest. I've seen it all before--the ragtag bunch of draftees becomes a top flight fighting unit. It's good, but I doubt I'll watch it again. This was made during WWII so that gives it a slightly different edge.

Morris Nelms

Super Reviewer


An interesting film about the war shot during the war but only for those really into the subject since it is pretty weak compared to some hidden little gems of WWII desert warfare movies.

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